Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

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High Points

Kiawah Island strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in South Carolina):

Category Trophy
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Kiawah Island College Educated Adults
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Kiawah Island Median Family Income
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Kiawah Island People in Middle Class or Better
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 7% Kiawah Island Low Rate of Poverty
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 10% Kiawah Island Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Kiawah Island Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Comparing Kiawah Island to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in South Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Male Share of the Population 8 9
Female Share of the Population 3 2
Racial Diversity 2 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 10 10
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 10 10
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
People Above Poverty 8 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 8 8
Public Transportation Use 8 7
Short Commute Times 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Housing Recently Built 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 1 1
People Living Alone 1 1
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 1
Affordability of Rents 1 1

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Kiawah Island Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles SW of Charleston, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 182 miles NE of Jacksonville, Florida
County Charleston
Metro Area Charleston - North Charleston
Standard Zip Codes 29455
Phone Area Codes 843
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.608
Longitude -80.085

Kiawah Island Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 15 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 57 F
Apr Temp 59 to 73 F
Jul Temp 77 to 89 F
Oct Temp 62 to 75 F
Annual Precip 46.3 inches
Distance 17.5 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 72 F
Jul Temp 74 to 89 F
Oct Temp 58 to 76 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 38.7 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 58 F
Apr Temp 54 to 75 F
Jul Temp 74 to 90 F
Oct Temp 58 to 76 F
Annual Precip 49.7 inches
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Kiawah Island Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,163 100%
Male 577 49.6%
Female 586 50.4%
Under 18 70 6%
18+ 1,093 94%
65+ 434 37.3%
Median Age 61.2
Average Family Size 2.25
White 1,142 98.2%
African-American 4 0.3%
Asian 2 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.2%
Other 0 0%
Mixed Race 13 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2 0.2%

Estimated Kiawah Island Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,128
Growth -35
Growth % -3%

Kiawah Island Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 19.3%
German 15.9%
Irish 15.6%
US/American 9.5%
Scottish 6%
Italian 5%
French (except Basque) 3.7%
Polish 3.2%
Scotch-Irish 2.7%
European 2.3%
Hungarian 1.8%
Danish 1.7%
Swiss 1.2%
Dutch 1.1%
Swedish 1.1%
Scandinavian 1%
Welsh 0.9%
French Canadian 0.9%
Armenian 0.9%
Canadian 0.8%
Greek 0.6%
Norwegian 0.6%
Czechoslovakian 0.6%
Northern European 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Latvian 0.4%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 0.4%
African 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.3%
Portuguese 0.3%
Romanian 0.3%
Croatian 0.3%
British 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Kiawah Island, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Johns Island (29455)
Seabrook Isl (29455)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Kiawah Island 1,163 $83,829
Charleston 96,650 $48,705
Folly Beach 2,116 $66,058
Hollywood 3,946 $35,406
Meggett 1,230 $51,667
Ravenel 2,214 $36,477
Seabrook Island 1,250 $84,392
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